DS106 Assignment: The Forrest Gump Project

“Good ole’ Forrest Gump. He always manages to find himself at the center of history, and using photo editing software, so can you. Find a historic photograph and place yourself into the scene, just like Forrest Gump.”

Image source: https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/06/trump-campaign-demands-story-retractions-tear-gas-200603110259366.html

Though this image wasn’t taken very long ago I think it counts as historic. It’s a photo a protestors in DC being “dispersed” by police and trying to avoid the tear gas by running away. This is one of many photos, sadly, of the excessive force that protesters have faced throughout the past several weeks. Tear gas, rubber bullets, shoving, beating. One clip even shows a police car driving into a crowd. It’s sadly ironic that these overwhelmingly peaceful protests spurred by police brutality, are being so forcefully “dispersed.”

I struggled with deciding whether or not to use an image like this because it feels slightly disrespectful. I didn’t want it to look like a joke. In the image of Forrest, he looks scared (which fits the photo, the other protests are clearly terrified), and considering Forrest Gump’s character, I have a feeling if he were around today he’d be protesting against police brutality and trying to protect those they target most. So, in this mashup, Forrest is running away from tear gas with fellow protestors, thrown by an impending police line in full riot gear.


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